All-Access Passes on sale now for 25th Anniversary Southern Fried Poetry Slam Festival (June 7-10)

Southern Fried Poetry Slam 2017

The Kentucky Center and KMAC Present

Southern Fried Poetry Slam 2017: 25th Anniversary Festival

Wednesday, June 7 - Saturday, June 10 (Louisville, KY)

Content Advisory: Events have the potential for strong language and mature themes


Southern Friedthe second-largest poetry festival in the United States, celebrates poetry, spoken word, and community outreach.  

Teams representing 32 cities meet for a four-day exhibition of poetic skill, writing workshops, themed open mics, and community service projects.

Southern Fried's mission is three-pronged:

  • Serve the community through educational, theatrical, and literary programs
  • Nurture, support and showcase regional, national and international poets and writers, as well as actors, musicians, and other artists
  • Honor the creative genius of the South as a spiritual home for artists

Louisville, KY will host the 2017 festival with events taking place at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (501 W. Main Street) and KMAC Kentucky Museum for Art and Craft (715 W. Main).

A full schedule of events is listed on the Southern Fried site; all events are subject to change.

Southern Fried competing poets strive to represent all races, colors, creeds, and gender identities.

Events include a Haiku Death Match, Hip Hop Open Mic, Nerd Poetry Slam, Queer Poetry Slam, and Erotic Open Mic.  

Purchasing an All-Access Pass through The Kentucky Center Ticket Service is the ONLY WAY to attend the Turndown Cypher, Workshops, and Slam Master Slam. 

 All-Access Passes are $45, Finals tickets are $15, and individual event tickets are $10, fees apply. All events are general admission and seating is first-come, first-served. Please note that while All-Access Passes guarantee entry to all festival events, the pass does not guarantee seating an any event.

All-Access Passes and advance single event tickets are available through The Kentucky Center Ticket Service online, by phone (584-7777), and at the box office (501 W. Main).